Solved Removing A Stubborn ASF file?

January 25, 2016 at 08:47:45
Specs: Windows 7, i3, 4GB
I used VLC to convert a 3GP cellphone video clip to an ASF file, that I could view it on my computer. It will not play, but more importantly, it refuses to be deleted from my Windows 7 desktop.
When I try to delete it or drag it to the Recycle Bin, I get a popup box stating "Preparing to Recycle", with all times, items and speed "Calculating", and no resolution. Its only one file. Why wont it go quietly?

What is a good "crowbar" method for unconditionally deleting this file? Thanks.

Al Peterson
Washington DC


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January 25, 2016 at 09:57:17
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Boot off a Linux disc, run a live session, mount the HDD, then browse to the where the file is located & delete it.

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#2
January 25, 2016 at 14:07:35
"What is a good "crowbar" method for unconditionally deleting this file? Thanks."
Try Safe mode or Unlocker.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/
Tutorial
http://www.addictivetips.com/window...

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#3
January 25, 2016 at 15:07:49
Here's another one which works well:

http://emcosoftware.com/move-on-boot

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
January 27, 2016 at 08:56:33
Booted up with a live Linux Mint disk and was able to kill the file successfully.

Thank you Riider, and thanks for other great ideas JohnW and Derek.

Al Peterson
Washington DC


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#5
January 27, 2016 at 09:18:38
Good to hear - Linux never fails for ploughing through Windows resistance.

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